Friday, July 4, 2014

Breakfast "pizza"

This came together quickly and made a really satisfying lunch! 

Aunt LoLo's Breakfast "pizza"

1 cup (100 g.) cauliflower, diced or grated (2 greens)
1 egg (1/3 lean)
2 oz. low fat mozarella, shredded (1/3 lean)
2 oz ham, chopped (1/3 lean)

In a cast iron skillet, stir fry the diced cauliflower until dry and just golden. Dump into a heat-resistant mixing bowl. Add 1 egg and stir to combine.  

Spray pan with Pam and dump your batter in. Spread it around until it is approximately 9" across. Cook over medium heat until cooked through, flipping it once. 

Remove to a plate, top with cheese and ham, and microwave 30-60 seconds, until cheese is melted. 

Enjoy! Serve with 1 cup of romaine lettuce to round out a balanced lean and green meal. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

MaMa's Garlic Sauce

My mother in law made this sauce the other night for a large family dinner as a second option for dipping boiled shrimp. It was marvelous, and a big hit! I sent the leftovers home with my sister, which (by Murphy's Law) meant my husband of course desperately needed Garlic Sauce for his lunch the next day. 

He survived without his Garlic Sauce, barely, and I celebrated by begging his mother to teach me how to make it that night. We now have a small jar of this on the counter, and life is good again. 

This would be excellent drizzled on tofu, cooked veggies, mashed potatoes, rice, get the idea. 

MaMa's Garlic Soy Sauce 

1/8 cup oil
10 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup soy sauce 
3-4 teaspoons sugar (or to taste) 

In a small frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat. It is ready when a wooden chopstick or spoon stuck into the oil puts it bubbles. 

Remove from heat to let cool slightly. Test the oil by dropping a piece of the minced garlic in- if it sizzles and gently starts to cook, your oil is ready. (If it sizzles violently and immediately turns dark brown, your oil is too hot.) 

Add your chopped garlic to the oil in the pan, and put it back over medium-low heat until the garlic is fragrant and cooked through. Test it by fishing a piece out and trying it. It should be nutty, slightly sweet, and not bitter or overly spicy. 

Remove from heat, allow to cool, and pour your garlic oil into a glass container. When completely cool, add soy sauce. Finish the sauce by stirring in sugar, to taste, about 3-4 teaspoons. 


Turkey "Pasta" Casserole

This meal was what happened when I wanted to do a simple pasta bake for the family...while still being able to stick to my low-carb meal plans. Turns out, cauliflower is an incredible substitute for most starches - noodles, breads, rice, mashed potatoes, etc. There are a lot of ways to prepare it, and each more delicious than the last!

To chop the cauliflower quickly, with zero mess, I used my Vitamix blender. I filled the canister half full of cauliflower, topped it off with water, pushed it to medium speed, and turned it off nearly immediately. The result was finely diced cauliflower that cooked quickly in my sauce.


Aunt LoLo's Turkey "Pasta" Casserole
Serves 6
(Each serving equals 1 Lean, 3 Green, .33 Condiments)

24 oz. ground turkey (measured AFTER cooking and draining) (4 Lean)
29 oz. canned tomatoes with their juice, pureed (6.5 Green)
8 oz. low-fat mozzarella cheese (2 lean)
20.25 oz. cauliflower, finely chopped (11.5 green)
4 wedges Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (4 healthy fats)
Salt & Pepper to Taste
1 tsp. smoked paprika (1 condiment)
1 tsp. granulated garlic (1 condiment)

1. In a skillet, brown your turkey. Drain and measure out what you need for your casserole. Set any extra aside for another meal.

2. Return meat to the pan, add your pureed tomatoes, cauliflower, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and granulated garlic.

3. Cook over low heat until the flavors are well blended, about 20-30 minutes.

4. Add your Laughing Cow cheese and stir to combine.

5. Sprinkle with mozzarella, cover, and cook on low until the cheese is melted. (Optional - stir the cheese in, if you like.)


PS - I told my kids this was Pizza Soup, and they enjoyed it quite a bit. *Grin*

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Chinese five spice pulled pork

Inspired by a recent obsession into all things kamado (a type of ceramic charcoal grill), I put together an Asian-fusion pulled pork tonight in the crockpot. The results were delicious- moist, flavorful, and delicious. Enjoy! 
(This recipe works as a lean in a low-carb diet. I added no sugar to the rub. I added a large Caesar salad on the side to make it a complete Lean and Green meal.) 

I used a "Crock-Pot Pork Roast." Not entirely sure what made it different, other than some slow cooker-specific directions on the back. 

Aunt LoLo's Chinese Five Spice Pulled Pork

1 medium sized pork roast
1/4 cup Chinese five spice powder (mine was a blend of orange, clove, cinnamon, anise, and ginger)
Salt, to taste

Place your roast in the cooker and dump your seasoning on. Use your hands to pat the rub into the meat, covering all sides. If you have a rack for your cooker, put the meat on a rack. Add 1" of water to the pot and cook on high 4-6 hours (6 if frozen), until it is fall-apart tender. 

Remove to large bowl and shred with two fork. Season to taste with salt. 

Serve with rice and/or veggies. 


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer squash with cottage cheese tomato sauce

I am not sure really what to call this. Hearty, toothsome, savory, cheesy, healthy, comfort food. All of the above? 

If you are doing a Medifast program, this counts as a complete lean and green meal. 

1 cup diced summer squash (2 greens)
1/2 cup diced tomato (1 green)
1 cup low fat cottage cheese (2/3 lean)
1 egg (1/3 lean)
Salt and pepper

Spray a large nonstick skillet with Pam, and sautée your squash with a little salt and pepper. Remove to a bowl when done. 

In the same pan, combine your tomatoes, cottage cheese, and egg. Stir to combine. Continue to stir occasionally, until the cheese is melted, then continue to cook until the sauce has thickened to the consistency you want. 

Pour your sauce over your squash, and enjoy! 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Faux "Lo Mein" with Mushrooms and Pork

In an effort to be a little healthier, I am embarking on a 6 week weight loss challenge. Cash prizes for everyone who meets their goal...well, that's more than a little bit of incentive for me to really be good for a few weeks! My goal isn't huge, and I'm feeling really good about this!

Part of my plan is to limit my carbohydrate intake. (Meaning - where I used to eat homemade bread with Nutella three times a day, I will now replace some of those meals with loads of veggies and some lean protein. See? I'm an adult!)

Tonight's recipe was inspired by this one, at Sandy's Kitchen. I thought the results were really tasty (and so did the baby! The cheeky little beggar wouldn't leave my side and begged bite after bite of my "noodles").

Faux "Lo Mein" with Mushrooms and Pork
(Medifast Green & Lean Friendly)

1 cup shredded cooked spaghetti squash 
1/2 cup diced fresh mushrooms
1 clove garlic, sliced
2 tsp. soy sauce
5 oz. pork loin, fat trimmed, and sliced
1 tsp. oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

In a non-stick, heat your oil over medium-high heat until hot, then add your garlic. Stirfry for just a moment, then throw in your spaghetti squash and mushrooms. Continue to cook and stir constantly until the mushrooms are starting to get soft and the squash is heated through, about 5 minutes. Add your soy sauce and stir to combine. 

Remove your veggie mixture to a bowl, then cook your pork loin, sprinkled with salt and pepper, until cooked through. 

Top your veggie mixture with your cooked pork loin, and enjoy! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Strawberry Lime Confetti Bundt Cake

Today, I had some of my family over to celebrate my father's birthday. While preparing a dessert, I knew I had to keep it simple - the kids were underfoot, there were other things to be seen to, and multi-tasking doesn't usually lead to tastier desserts, if you know what I mean. So, I took a shortcut and pulled out a box of cake mix. I keep them on hand for days like today - when you need a little something, but just don't have the mental capacity to measure out cups and teaspoons, no matter how simple or delicious the recipe. I doctored the mix up, and the results were pretty tasty! 

(Special thanks to my little brother Ted for the photos - he grabbed my camera and snapped these shots while I was serving cake and ice cream to the hungry masses.) 

Strawberry Lime Confetti Bundt Cake

1 box white cake mix
3 1/2 Tbsp. strawberry gelatin
5 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup water
10 drops lime essential oil (I use doTERRA brand)
1/3 cup large sprinkles

Preheat your oven to 350. Spray a 9-cup Bundt cake pan with cooking spray, sprinkle with flour, and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cake mix, gelatin, eggs, oil and water. Mix together on low until combined, then on medium for 2 minutes. Reduce speed and add essential oil and sprinkles. Mix until combined. Pour your cake batter into your prepared Bundt pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the thickest part of the cake comes out clean.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream, or both! (A lime glaze would also be nice.)